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Golden Globes 2013: Chastain: Bigelow was 'Zero's' 'quarterback'

January 14, 2013|By Jessica Gelt
  • Jessica Chastain took home the Golden Globe for lead actress in a motion picture drama on Sunday night.
Jessica Chastain took home the Golden Globe for lead actress in a motion… (Getty Images )

Jessica Chastain, who plays Maya, the dogged undercover CIA operative who spends a decade tracking down Osama bin Laden in “Zero Dark Thirty,” says she has never met the woman whom the role is based on.

“If I were to have met her, I would’ve put her in danger of going to prison,” says Chastain. “It’s a very difficult time, and she’s an undercover agent who is really good at her job. I feel safer knowing that she’s out there taking care of us.”

Chastain speaks seriously, only occasionally breaking into a moment of levity, as when she talks about being on an airplane when she found out she had been nominated for an Oscar.

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“Kathryn [Bigelow] came over and said, ‘Congratulations, you got nominated for an Oscar,” recalls the actress. “And I was so excited, but I was afraid I was going to get duct-taped into my seat by an air marshal.”

Her tone changes upon reflecting about Bigelow's lack of an Oscar nomination for best director.

"And I said, ‘What about you?' And she said, ‘No, we’re celebrating you,’” says Chastain. “But I couldn’t have done it without her.”

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But the sting of Bigelow’s snub is tempered by the film’s other big nomination.

“By recognizing the film with a best picture nomination, we’re recognizing Kathryn Bigelow, because she’s our quarterback,” Chastain says.


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